A Short History of Cloud Computing

Lee Smith Cloud Computing

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The origin of the term ‘cloud computing’ is unclear. References to the term can be heard as far back as 1996. But in 2006, Amazon introduced the Elastic Compute Cloud which led to the popularity of the term.  It’s interesting to note that its history goes back as far as the 1950s.

In the 1950s, large scale mainframe computers were seen as the future of computing. They were often referred to as ‘static terminals’ because they were used for internal communications with no internal processing. A practice grew that allowed multiple users to share both the physical access to the computer from multiple terminals as well as the CPU time. The practice of sharing CPU time on a mainframe became known in the industry as ‘time-sharing.’

The 1960s through the 1990s saw technology advancing faster than anyone expected. It’s a testament to how far the human mind can take mankind. In the 1990s, telecommunications companies that originally offered single dedicated point-to-point data connections started offering virtualized private network (VPN) connections. It allowed more users to have more connections.

As the 21st century rolled on, Eucalyptus became the first open-source, AWS API-compatible platform for deploying private clouds in 2008. The same year saw efforts being focused on providing quality service.  Several Organizations began shifting to cloud computing. IT support in places like London, Los Angeles and the rest of the world were more focused on proving services in cloud computing.  As mentioned earlier, Amazon in 2006 created Elastic Compute Cloud.  It was a commercial web service that allowed companies and individuals to rent computers to run their own computer applications.

Cloud computing uses virtual dedicated servers and maximizes the effect of shared resources.  Cloud computing is wonderful because it can be customized to any individual or business. In the present, cloud computing can be molded into a private cloud operated solely for a single organization. It improves business and guarantees a return of investment. It also serves as a data recovery or disaster recovery tool. For example, if an accountant’s computer crashes, he or she could always go to the cloud to recover the files they were working on.

Human Beings have evolved over time and have created several life altering inventions. In regards to cloud computing, they have taken the human race further than they could ever have imagined.

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